When compared with a similar exhibition that took place in Prague five years ago, the one in Křižík Pavilion counts several dozens more new exhibits. The exhibition presents the human body in various positions, so that visitors can see what is happening in their bodies while they are moving, doing sports or having a rest. Many people, however, consider such treatment of corps and body parts undignified, mainly Christians and medical doctors.
Human body is the best textbook
According to the organizers, the exhibition is mostly of educational character. Visitors can clearly see the impact of bad habits, such as smoking, overeating or lack of movement, on the body. According to the author of the exhibits Arnold Geller, these real-life exhibits are a much stronger motivation for people to stop and think about their attitude to life than pictures in books. “Our exhibition is the most modern textbook of anatomy in the world. This exhibition will change your attitude forever towards the human body,“ adds Mr. Geller.
Where do the bodies come from?
The organizers maintain that all the exhibits come from bodies that had been donated for the purpose to use them at exhibitions. All the donors are said to have died a natural death and when their bodies are no longer used for exhibitions, they will be cremated. Despite this, plastinized bodies can be bought for about one and a quarter million crowns under the condition that they will be used for research or teaching purposes.
Medical students acting as guides
Although all the individual exhibits come with detailed legends, medical students are always at hand on the grounds to answer any of the visitors’ questions. Admission on working days is 300 CZK. Families with children, pensioners and students, as well as school groups can ask for various concessions. For more information, visit www.humanbody.cz.